OUTER SUBURBS 15 – STREET SCENE 2: ALLEY, BEHIND GARAGES (MONO)

 

 


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Alleyway between garages and modern housing.

In terms of material content, in terms of hard things, what’s here?  Well, obviously, the supermarket trolleys: interestingly, they’re chained together, someone has collected them and fastened their security chains, so they can’t be separated and used to carry anything.  Maybe they have been secured like this ready for return to the supermarket – there’s even a company around here, I’ve seen their vehicles, that do nothing else but return wandering trolleys to their trolley parks – but the local kids have got to these first and, in an excess of youthful exuberance, overturned them.  And then there’s a leaking McDonalds drinks carton and, by the drain, other drinks cans less well seen –  and many dog ends (cigarette butts to you in The States).

And its all left here amongst the houses: unless you’re in this alley you don’t see it – so out of sight out of mind, maybe.

And, in terms of photography, in terms of reality translated to a flat plane, what’s here?  Well, contrasty, gritty, black and white, to show up the hard objects, sharp structures and rough textures: colour would introduce far too much informational overload – remember the KISS principle – K I S S – Keep It Simple, Stupid, although there are so many things in this image that it can never be truly simple or Minimal.

And finally, the rotation, so that the small area of paving stones is like a cliff face – a presentational plinth for “The Trolleys Sculpture” art installation maybe –  with lineations dropping steeply down from upper right towards lower left, but never quite getting all the way there.  Whereas the chained phalanx of trolleys is driving into the image from upper left, and cutting down across the paving stones’ linear textures towards lower right.

Well, this is how I see it.  You may see it quite differently.

There is an earlier Street Scene post here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset; rotated; south Bristol; 28 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 14 – MODERN LIFE 3: PUBLIC SEATING

 

 


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Seat beside a children’s playground – and a parent, perhaps, rolling their own while their child played.

There are earlier Modern Life posts here: 1 2 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 640 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 22 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 13 – STREET SCENE: ENTRANCE TO AN UNDERPASS (MONO)

 

 


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This picture is best viewed enlarged – click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further.

The path down to an underpass below a road, with vertical metal poles to keep out anything larger than bicycles.  Irresistibly I’m reminded of a path down to Hell, with two slim, grim, austere guardians at its entrance.

And do I believe in Hell?  Well, certainly not in any religious sense.  But I do believe that there are Hells on Earth: some of us make them for ourselves, and some of us make them for others, sometimes vast numbers of others.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset; south Bristol; 27 Aug 2018.
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PEOPLE 360 – THE ARCHITECTURE OF YOUR WARDROBE (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Walking, in central Bristol.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 106mm (equiv); 400 ISO; LightroomSilver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset and selectively restoring colour; central Bristol; 16 Sept 2016.
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OUTER SUBURBS 12 – MODERN LIFE 2: SHATTERED COLOUR

 

 


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Something colourful, lying shattered, on the road

There is an earlier Modern Life post here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further.

Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 1,000 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 3 Sept 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 11 – MODERN HOUSING 2 (MONO)

 

 


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Modern housing.

There is an earlier Modern Housing post here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at  25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset; south Bristol; 17 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 10 – EVERCREECH ROAD (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Many of my south Bristol photos tend towards the austere and, in Bristol, the south is the poor relation of north.  But, as you can see here, affluence is by no means absent south of the river.

This shot?  Well, the bush is growing over (“eating”!) the road sign – this is Nature and Nature never stops!  And then I decided to emphasise the bush, and to separate it from everything else, by restoring its colour.

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 35mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset and selectively restoring colour; south Bristol; 22 Aug 2018.
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ARCHIVE 374 – AND IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE CAT (MONO)

 

 


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Our friends’ cat, a favourite subject of mine.  She has a very warm and friendly personality.  She seems to like our company and, wherever we are, she will come and seek us out, and then sit or lie down beside us, simply wanting to be near us, it seems.

She climbed up onto the arm of the sofa and spent a lot of time with her back to us, wagging her tail.  Then she turned around, the bright light streaming over her from the right, and gazed impassively at us for sometime.

I find cats very beautiful and never tire of photographing them – perhaps the title of this post sums up my feelings towards them.  Something spiritual, perhaps?  Quite possibly.

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Technique: D700 with 105mm Nikkor lens used wide open; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Spectrum Inverse preset; Bristol; 1 Mar 2015.

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STILL LIFE 249 – GLASS OF WINE

 

 


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My wife’s glass of wine, in a Bristol pub.

There is another photo of a glass of wine here.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 96mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom; 29 July 2016.

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OUTER SUBURBS 9 – ENTRANCE TO A CHILDREN’S CENTRE

 

 


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The locked gates of a children’s centre, early in the morning – its alright, the little ones are not locked in, its a day centre!

What can we see?  Well, a black metal gate with its paint a little chipped, secured by a combination lock.  The white circle behind it is a 5mph speed limit instruction painted on the surface of the entry road.  And the double yellow lines in the top corners forbid any parking along this road.

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 1250 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 27 Aug 2018.
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